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[uhn-ee-zee] /ʌnˈi zi/
adjective, uneasier, uneasiest.
not easy in body or mind; uncomfortable; restless; disturbed; perturbed.
not easy in manner; constrained; awkward.
not conducive to ease; causing bodily discomfort.
Origin of uneasy
1250-1300; Middle English unesy. See un-1, easy
Related forms
unease, noun
uneasily, adverb
uneasiness, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for unease
  • The unease with the exposure to so many strangers with strange ideas also changed our notions of privacy.
  • But behind his little joke one might detect a certain unease about how much longer that pretense can be kept up.
  • Such stories, with stock characters speaking in exaggerated dialect, allowed their tellers to laugh away their own unease.
  • He showed up early to the games and stayed late, he played with abandon, he felt the unease in results.
  • In his hands, that jagged figure becomes a pang of unease.
  • They've blogged, but with the ghastly unease of one's high school headmaster trying to rap.
  • Yet the bigger, more complicated changes are generating unease.
  • Links between government and the local media have caused many islanders unease before now.
  • Given the gloomy history, the lingering unease about higher oil prices is understandable.
  • Shareholder unease comes at an awkward time for the firm.
British Dictionary definitions for unease


(of a person) anxious; apprehensive
(of a condition) precarious; uncomfortable: an uneasy truce
(of a thought, etc) disturbing; disquieting
Derived Forms
unease, noun
uneasily, adverb
uneasiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for unease


late 13c., "not comforting," from un- (1) "not" + easy. Meaning "disturbed in mind" is attested from 1670s.

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